John McJunkin produces and rides shotgun on KFYI's Sharpe In The Morning and sits in as guest host when Jim's not around. He's a Platinum award-winning audio engineer / multi-media producer with nearly 30 years of experience, and serves as the principal pro audio reviewer for both Church Production and Sound & Video Contractor magazines and is the published author of over 200 reviews and features in other publications like Remix and Mix Magazine. He has also consulted with manufacturers in the development of pro audio technology. McJunkin lectured at the 2007 and 2008 New Media Expos and the 2009 Worship Facilities Expo on the topic of advanced editing and mixing techniques for quality podcast production. He has served as a consultant and provided broadcast voice production for political candidates for US Senate, Congress, governor, and state legislature. He describes his political identity as a "defense-hawk small-L libertarian". He's an avid aviation buff who writes and records music and plays drums with the worship team at his church, and loves to spend every spare moment with his family.
Suzanne Sharer is a native of Arizona, born and raised in Conservatism. She is married and a mother to 3 fantastic children. Suzanne is in real estate working as an agent for a top National builder, Taylor Morrison Homes and is an avid political junkie. Her passion for America has led her to speaking her mind on political issues through blogs, Facebook and twitter as well as becoming active in the local political scene where she believes she can do her part to help turn our country around one opinion at a time. Suzanne's concern for the direction of America has led her to co-founding Conservative Patriot Revolution , a new media company that includes CPR: ConservativePatriotRevolution.com and the online Conservative Patriot Radio. Suzanne is also a contributor, aka a Politichick for Politichicks.tv.
Tom was born in Yonkers, NY and in 1968 was the youngest member of Mensa in the country at that time- and is to date, the highest tested individual in Mensa at that age. Educated at the University of California, Tom moved to Arizona after college in 1994, and went into the insurance business. After being a successful agent for NY Life Insurance, he decided to become an independent broker in 2005 and is now a successful entrepreneur and author of the column 'Conservative Issues from the Desert'. He calls Surprise, AZ his home, where he does volunteer work for various issues around the state, and writes for his local newspaper, The Glendale/Peoria Today. He also has been a guest Political analyst on various radio and talk shows. Conservative, funny and a candidly frank speaker, Tom is available for consultation and speaking engagements on subjects from politics to marketing. Tom writes in the style of William Buckley and George Will-- intellectual discussions about today's political topics. His complete collection of essays is now available on Amazon-- "The Conservative Chronicles" as well as various other books on modern American political thought.
Katie is a native Arizonan. She earned a degree in Communications from Grand Canyon University and worked at a resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she became fluent in Spanish. She is a staunch advocate for the unborn, volunteers for pro-life organizations and currently serves in children’s ministry at her church. She served as the Arizona state coordinator for the Rick Santorum Presidential campaign and is currently the Arizona chairwoman for Rick Santorum’s Patriot Voices. Katie has an extensive background in television/media and was recently the Communications Director for a U.S. Congressional candidate. She writes on issues foreign and domestic on her website The Conservative Cut. She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys singing jazz and the standards.
Exurban Kevin Creighton
Kevin Creighton (aka ExurbanKevin) is the self-described physical embodiment of NAFTA: He’s a Canadian living in the U.S. who speaks fluent Spanish. He’s also, (in ascending order of importance), a former professional photographer, recovering nerd, online marketing guru, father to two adorable boys, husband to a wonderful woman and a servant of the King. Kevin blogs about politics at Exurban League and his self-defense and gunblog is Misfires And Light Strikes. When he's not blogging (which isn't all that often...), he's probably playing with his sons or cooking a meal for his family or listening to 80's alternative music or off at a shooting range somewheres.
I was talking with a friend about illegal immigration and its effect on the costs of public health care the other day, and he gave me the usual argument that they should be rounded up and deported because of costs etc. but there's a more important issue at stake here that only a few in the media have spoken about.
It is wrong to allow illegal immigration because it exploits the poverty stricken.
I don't blame immigrants who desire to come to this country by either by hook or by crook. America is a great nation, and is the only country I know of that has to patrol its borders and provide law enforcement to keep millions from swarming in. Interestingly enough, it is also one of the only countries that still maintain a strong capitalistic and free political system .The admission process into the US is a difficult, arduous and expensive one, and those that are poverty stricken and desperate see illegal immigration into the US as their only way out.
However, most people miss the point. By allowing illegal immigration and not taking an aggressive stance to close the border and enforce the law, you effectively allow those that are here legally to exploit vast pools of cheap labor, and disallow those that are doing a share of the work of building the economy in the vast benefits of being a citizen.
Now, those that want more open borders will make the same argument. But their solution is to not enforce the law and look the other way. This is not the spirit of a properly run nation. A nation defines itself by its borders, its language and its laws. To ignore the enforcement of those laws is anathema to building a functional society.
Too many interests want the illegal immigration in this country for their own profit. Large corporate farms, construction companies and other labor intensive industries see it as a way to access cheap labor. Unions want lots of illegal immigration because they know eventually they will either get some form of amnesty or their children will be legal as ‘anchor babies’, and eventually be union members (as lower income people typically enter the blue collar force first). Political parties see it as not wanting to alienate a significant part of the voting bloc.
To continue to allow a relatively open border policy though is tantamount to a form of class slavery, however. It forces people into a living situation where they cannot reap the benefits of the work they perform. In essence, you begin to have a labor class, composed of the illegal immigrants combined with the lower educated, as well as the victims of those that make poor life decisions (such as felons and the addicted), and you have a wealthier upper class that benefits from cheap labor at the expense of the labor class.
We must close those borders. We must close them so that the working wage in the country will begin to rise again for the labor class. We must close them to provide millions of jobs to those that are out of work. We must close them to prevent massive amounts of the population ending up on state relief, such as in LA County were reports are that 1 in 4 families are on some sort of government dole. We must enforce the immigration laws to control the expansion of drug gang related crime into our neighborhoods- gangs that prey on the weak, the poor and those that are afraid to seek the protection of the law. We must have a working class that is part of society, not living below it, and a working class that has hope for a better future for not only their children but for themselves.
We must close the border because to protect a balanced society, and the integrity of our legal foundations.
How can you expect someone who crossed into this country illegally to be a part of a functioning society, when they break the very first law of the land?
Companies will argue, 'well we need that labor because no one else will do these jobs'. No one else will do those jobs because of the low prevailing wage. If that pool of illegal immigrants were not in the labor pool, the prevailing wage would be much higher, as competition for labor became more difficult. Yes, prices would rise, but so would wages and the standard of living for all.
You can't get there by granting amnesty either. It is the same as telling a child you can sneak cookies out of the cookie jar because eventually one day you will be old enough to buy them on your own. The laws of the land must be enforced so that both the forces that seek illegal immigration get the message that laws in this country are enforced, and so illegal immigrants respect the new country they seek to make a home in.
The more we allow illegal immigration, the more we keep a portion of population living in the nether world of 'migrant worker' the more our country will begin to resemble the third world nations they seek to free themselves from. A nation where the law is applied unequally, where large portions of the population live in slums and the elite benefit from their labor, is not a nation that America was built to be.
Close the border- not just build a fence. Man it. Light it. Patrol it. Have those that are caught here illegally immediately deported. We don't need to house them in large compounds rebuilt from nursing homes, we need to push them back through the gate to where they came from.
It’s the only moral decision an enlightened person can make.